Dissertation (DRAM065)

Staff - Lecturer
- Lecturer
Credit Value60
ECTS Value30
NQF LevelM
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to provide an opportunity for students to pursue a single topic in depth and to demonstrate evidence of research potential for a master's degree.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. The ability to define a research topic )(academic and/or practical);
  • 2. The ability to locate, select, analyse and interpret sources relevant to the proposed topic;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. the ability to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the area under investigation, building upon the student’s existing strengths as demonstrated in coursework or earlier experience;
  • 4. the ability to demonstrate the employment of relevant conceptual frameworks and creative processes top the topic of investigation;

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. the ability to research independently;
  • 6. the ability to express ideas in written form at a high level of competence.

Syllabus plan

As arranged between tutor and tutee relevant to student's programme of study. End of Term II: 250-500 word proposal, and supporting bibliography must be submitted. If selecting some practical research, practical research to be completed by date set during June by tutor. First drafts for tutorial commentary to be submitted by week two of June, term III.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
SLT600individual tutorials as necessary;
Students will individually research, create and submit: a written dissertation of no more than 15,000 words in length. Students may choose to undertake part of their research through practice and/or may use traditional methods. The written submission will examine and extend by debate the intellectual underpinning of any research through practice and offer a critique of its methods of constructing and communicating meaning/experience, and of embodying those meanings. Preparation for the dissertation will ex

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Dissertation10015,000 words,1-6written feedback

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

To be researched by student according to selected topic.

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